It’s easy to get sucked into the DIY beauty craze. Who wouldn’t want to clear acne, unclog pores, set their makeup and have healthy and glowing skin just from using some common household products? Although you may think these beauty hacks are harmless, many of them can actually damage your skin. Just because one of these DIY hacks worked perfectly for someone else, it doesn’t mean your skin will react in the same way. We have compiled a list of some of the most popular DIY hacks and just how damaging they can be to your skin.
It may be tempting to put rubbing alcohol on acne breakouts to help dry out zits, but using alcohol on your skin is a definite no-no. Although alcohol can help to clear up bacteria that causes breakouts, using a harsh ingredient like rubbing alcohol directly on the skin can lead to skin peeling. This antibacterial disinfectant is drying and damaging because it strips the skin, leaving it dry and irritated.
Another beauty craze that can be damaging to the skin is using liquid dish to fight oily skin. Even though dish soap gets rid of oil on your pots and pans, it wasn’t designed to combat oil on the skin. The harsh chemicals contained in liquid dish soap can actually strip your delicate skin of the healthy oils it needs to maintain it’s youthful and vibrant appearance.
Putting toothpaste on pimples is a DIY beauty hack that has been around for ages. Many people swear by putting a dab of toothpaste on a pimple before bed, and by the time they wake up in the morning, their zit has miraculously disappeared. But toothpaste is made for the hard enamel on your teeth, and it should never be placed on the skin. Although it may dry out a zit, it can also deplete healthy moisture from surrounding areas, and it can lead to chemical burns if the toothpaste is left on for too long.
Hairspray is the key to setting your hairstyle, but it definitely shouldn’t be used to set your makeup. We couldn’t help but to cringe with this makeup hack became popular in the beauty community. It has been picking up steam in recent years, even though it can cause some major damage to the skin. The ingredients in most hairsprays include a high alcohol content and other harmful chemicals and toxins that one should never spray on their face. Letting hairspray set into the skin can zap out all of the moisture, leading to dry and flaky skin that looks dull and lifeless. If you keep hairspray on your face for too long, it can suffocate your pores and lead to skin irritation and acne breakouts.